The first time I gave an oral presentation at an international meeting, it was at the huge Palais des Congrès in Paris. It was 2003, I was in the first year of my PhD, and I was terrified.
Some months later, I signed up for a course on oral presentations at my University. The course changed my life. The next year I went on to win an award at a European meeting in Barcelona, and I got hooked on the thrill of public speaking. Ever since, I have continued to hone my speaking skills through workshops and speaking groups, notably Toastmasters International, and mostly, through constant practice.
I have given presentations in international and national meetings, in English, Spanish and French, to a wide variety of audiences: scientists, clinicians, students, politicians, patients, experts and lay public. My passion for public speaking has led me to develop this hands-on course to show others how public speaking can be turned from a terrifying or boring experience to a thrilling, rewarding one.
If you have questions, email me! firstname.lastname@example.org
Wishing you a happy public speaking experience!
Candela Iglesias Chiesa, MPH, PhD.
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Here’s what some of my students have said about the workshop:
“I used to think I was a good speaker. But there is a before and after the Speak Up workshop. My main goal when signing up was to eliminate the use of "uh and ah's" and other filler words, but I gained much more. My presentations are now more structured and the content has a higher impact on my audience. Candela makes the workshop entertaining and enjoyable. The techniques and tools she uses are versatile, and can be adapted for presentations in any area of knowledge. Dare to get out of the ordinary and your audience will thank you."
- Miguel A. Avila-Rodriguez. Physicist. Head of Radiopharmacy Unit. Faculty of Medicine. UNAM.
“Public speaking used to make me panicky and stressed. I would start sweating and it was easy to see my nervousness. After the workshop, I relaxed. Now I feel more confident. This workshop gave me tools for many other things in daily life, not only for formal and informal presentations. It inspired me! What I liked the most was learning to better structure my ideas, and to be able to practice and receive feedback from different viewpoints. And learning about hooks, hooks, hooks!"
- Paul Moheno Klee. Communications and Production. MV Foundation. www.mexicovivo.org
“This course was very useful. Candela provided advice that has proven to be very effective in maintaining the audience’s attention as well as tips on how to sidestep some of the most common problems that may occur when delivering a talk. I particularly enjoyed the “impromptu” speeches, as it gave everyone a chance to be creative and learn how to deliver a brief talk in a confident and organized manner in the spur of the moment’ ”
- Leticia Kuri-Cervantes, PhD. Postdoctoral researcher. Cleveland.